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How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

In an ideal world where it was permissible to copy an audio cd, which one has already purchased, to use in a car how would one go about doing this with an iMac running OSX Mountain Lion? Everything seems to operate through iTunes which is not good news for normal CD players. A purely hypothetical question, of course.

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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

I have never used a Mac but I expect that Google is your friend in this matter.
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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

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I have never used a Mac but I expect that Google is your friend in this matter.
Rather worryingly I had just used Google before I saw your post here and it came up with my question and your reply.

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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

Rip the cd in itunes, but set your preferences to rip as mp3 file format. Open finder and navigate to the music folder where the ripped cd is located right click and choose BURN you will be prompted to insert a blank cd and there you have it.

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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

I think you should be able to make a disk image of the CD in Disk Utility, then burn the image to a blank disk. You might want to check that with someone more knowledgable first, though.

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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

Thanks for the suggestions. Unfortunately the CD player in my poor old SEAT Ibiza won't play mp3 files. However, I imported them into iTunes in WAV format and then burned them as an Audio CD. They seem to have ended up as AIFF files but they do play.

I now have a stack of 5 failed CDs and I don't need any more coasters! In addition, I went to try them in my DVD player only to discover that it has given up the ghost and won't switch on. I am not having a good morning so far. I went to put the washing out on the line but found out that it is spitting with rain. That is rather annoying as we are going to a barbecue this afternoon and it has been beautifully sunny all week. The yolks in my poached eggs were hard too. C'est la vie.

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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

I use one of the Toast variants for copying or creating DVds or CDs.
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Re: How to copy an audio cd with OS X Mountain Lion

A lot of older CD players won't play anything that wasn't factory pressed; irrespective of file format. We have a Philips CD player that records and duplicates disks, but even that wasn't good enough for the CD player in my old (2001) Vauxhall Omega.

iTunes will burn CD's in the proper CD format, irrespective of whether the tracks you have are MP3's, WAV files or one of Apple's lossless file formats.

I presume iTunes works just the same on a Dirty Mac, but on a PC you first need to create a 'Play List' of the tracks you want to copy. Once created you right click on the Playlist, and select 'Burn Playlist to Disk.'

You will then see a dialogue box which gives you the opportunity to burn the music as an Audio CD, as MP3 files, or data files. You can also change the gap between tracks.

Edit: There is also a menu to adjust the burning speed. I found that selecting the slowest (1x or 2x) burn speed produced better CD's which worked more reliably in indifferent CD players than the default 'Fastest Possible' option.

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